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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
 
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Majors:Computer Information Systems, B.S. (CIS) 
 Computer Science and Engineering Technology, B.S. (CST) 
 Computer Science and Engineering, B.S. (CSE) 
 Computer Science and Mathematics, B.S. (CSMA) 
 Computer Science, B.S. (CSBS) 
 Mathematics, B.A. (MABA) 
 Mathematics, B.S. (MABS) 
Minors:Computer Science (CS) 
 Mathematics (MA) 
Secondary (8th - 12th Grade) Teaching Fields
Majors:Mathematics, B.S.
     - with Computer Information Systems as Second Field (MAE2)
     - with Computer Information Systems as Supporting Field (MCE1)
     - with Physics as Supporting Field (MPE1)
 
Dr. Larry A. Anderson, Chair

Professors: Anderson, Armstrong, Baas
Associate Professors: Erickstad, Knouse, Roden, Varnell
Assistant Professors: Dennis, Taylor

Computer technology brings tremendous change to our society. With each advance comes a constant demand for problem solvers with analytical minds and a solid background in computer sciences and mathematics. If you enjoy challenges like these, the mathematics program at LeTourneau is for you. Our course of study will meet your educational needs with a strong concentration in your chosen major as well as a wide exposure to the humanities, social sciences, and Biblical studies.

LeTourneau's innovative curriculum allows you to study both the programming and the electronics aspects of today's computers by combining computer science with courses in electrical engineering or electrical engineering technology. For those who prefer more emphasis on program and system design and less on electronics, we offer the Computer Science major. If your interest is in information systems as used in a modern business setting, then the Computer Information Systems major is for you. Whatever their program, students receive a first rate education from a university consistently on the leading edge of computer technology.

If you are challenged and fascinated by analytical problems and computer technology, LeTourneau is the place to realize your dream.

Computer Science

The impact of computers on our society affects every area of life. Long used in large businesses and in research, computers are now commonplace in the office and the home. Computers are tools that have the potential to remove much drudgery from life. They can perform boring and repetitive work and free you for more creative and enjoyable endeavors. The professional with skills in both hardware and software design will find many opportunities to make a positive contribution in our computerized society.

This curriculum involves both the technical and the ethical aspects of computer science in the fields of hardware, software, and system design. You will learn how the computer operates at the electronics level, how to program it to solve problems, and how to deal with the technology in the world today.

A Computer Science major gives you the theoretical foundation of computer science along with the programming courses. It is good preparation for anyone interested in graduate school in computer science.

A Computer Science and Engineering major combines electrical engineering courses with the computer science courses. It is more design oriented and requires a higher level of mathematics than the computer science and engineering technology major. It culminates in a design course where you design, build, and program a microcomputer system on a single board.

A Computer Science and Engineering Technology major combines electrical engineering technology courses with the computer science courses. It is more oriented toward assembly and maintenance of computer systems and is less mathematically oriented than the Computer Science and Engineering major.

A Computer Science and Mathematics major combines mathematics courses with the computer science courses. It is designed for the student who does not have an interest in the electronics aspect of computers, but who enjoys mathematics and wants a computer science major.

A Computer Information Systems major combines business courses with computer science courses. It will give you a solid foundation in programming and systems analysis courses along with an understanding of the business environment in which you will be working.

Computer science students can also work toward a teaching certificate through the Teacher Education program.

All majors are expected to take the ETS Major Field Test in Computer Science during their senior year.

Mathematics

Mathematics, often considered the "queen of the sciences," teaches analytic and computational skills for applying theory to practice. Those considering a bachelor's degree in mathematics should realize that some companies prefer to hire employees with a mathematical background because of their good scientific vocabulary and their enjoyment of problem solving.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics will enable students to pursue careers in marketing, statistics, teaching, and technology. Students who graduate with the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics have the analytical and problem solving skills needed in fields such as quality control, insurance statistics, industrial mathematical programming, and computer programming.

With further graduate study, the mathematics major can enter the fields of linguistics or become an actuary. Some mathematics majors opt for graduate school in applied mathematics. Mathematics students can also work toward a teaching certificate in secondary education through the Teacher Education program.

All majors are expected to take the ETS Major Field Test in Mathematics during their senior year.